India managed to enter the quarter-finals of the Asian Badminton Championship despite losing to Japan 4-1, here at Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here on Thursday, but ace shuttler P V Sindhu beat her opponent.
Without much sweat in the women’s singles, Sindhu thrashed world no 2 Akane Yamaguchi 21-19, 21-15. In another singles, world No 13 Sayaka Sato defeated Sri Krishna Priya 21-12, 21-12 to level the team score to 1-1. Later, Ashwini Ponappa lost to Aya Ohori 14-21, 12-21.
In the women’s doubles, the Indian duo of Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant lost 17-21, 17-21 to Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto as Japan took 3-1 lead.
The other women’s doubles the pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi beat Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy 21-18, 21-18. Japan and India have qualified for the quarter-finals with the first and second spots in their group respectively.